When we moved, we brought some white plastic lawn chairs that didn’t end up matching with the rest of the back yard decor, which is mostly black lawn furniture with some red and yellow accents. The white didn’t clash, but it got kind of lost against the white fence, and because the chairs were old, they also looked pretty dingy, even after a good scrubbing.
I happened across a post on Pinterest sharing the idea of spray painting plastic lawn chairs, so I bought some red Rustoleum paint in apple red and decided to give it a shot. The article I read said that a matte finish worked best, but I accidentally grabbed gloss at the store, so that’s what I went with.
The hardest thing in our tiny yard turned out to be tarping off enough space that I would not be over-spraying onto or patio or our white fence. #tinyyardliving 🙂 But once I did that, the job went fairly quickly.
It ended taking a a full can of paint for each chair. I did one coat covering as much of the chair as I could, then waited for that coat of paint to dry before going over each chair again to hit the spots that got poor coverage the first time.
The cans of paint cost about $4 each. Granted, new plastic chairs aren’t tons of money. But I’ve had a lot of trouble with newer plastic lawn chairs being brittle and much more prone to breakage than the older ones. (Anyone else notice this?) I felt like it was worth the $4 to get some more use out of the old ones, and I am really enjoying the colorful update.
Here’s a closer view of one of the chairs a couple weeks after painting them. The paint seems to be sticking just fine, and I like the way the red adds some color and interest to this corner of the yard. This corner of the yard really gets blasted by sprinklers, so I needed something that could tolerate getting wet every day. The verdict so far: it’s a winner!Pin It